A Falcon 9 with the Crew-3 Dragon on top stands at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
NASA and SpaceX are gearing up to fly Crew Dragon’s third operational crew rotation flight, Crew-3, to the International Space Station.
Liftoff atop a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 2:21 a.m. EDT (06:21 UTC) Oct. 31, 2021, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Flying inside Crew Dragon Endurance will be NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.
An overview of the Crew-3 astronauts. Click to enlarge. Credit: Derek Richardson / Spaceflight Insider / Orbital Velocity
Chari is serving as the spacecraft’s commander while Marshburn is designated as the pilot. Barron and Maurer are both designated as mission specialists.
Only Marshburn has flown in space before. This will be his third foray into the black. His other two flights were aboard space shuttle Endeavour for mission STS-127 in July 2009 and aboard Soyuz TMA-07M as a member of ISS Expedition 34 between December 2012 and May 2013. In total, he has spent 161 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes in space.
Over the crew’s ...